Cody Parkey may be the most hated man in Chicago. The criticism from Bears fans has poured in from the moment his missed the potential game-winning kick against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s going to be hard for him to shake this one off.
As he was leaving the field after the game, the boos rained down on him, as if he didn’t already feel bad enough.
It’s hard not to feel a little bad for Parkey. One missed kick in a critical moment will define his reputation among Bears fans, despite hitting three field goals earlier in the game.
He’s been a disappointment since signing his four-year, $15 million contract, but general manager Ryan Pace can’t get out of it very easily at this point.
If the Bears released him this offseason, they would lose just over a million dollars in cap space because of the guaranteed money still owed to him on the contract.
So boo him all you want, Bears fans, but you’re likely stuck with him for at least another season.
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Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has a good eye for talent in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. He nailed picks like Eddie Jackson (fourth round), Jordan Howard (fifth round) and Adrian Amos (fifth round) over the years, and the hope is that one of his Day 3 picks in 2020 will continue that trend.
One player who has a chance to exceed his draft slot is Georgia Southern cornerback, Kindle Vildor, who Pace selected in the fifth round of April's draft. He was recently named the Bears' rookie who could be a surprise gem in 2020.
"We stress confidence when we talk about the corner position," general manager Ryan Pace told reporters. "And [Vildor] definitely has that confidence and that playing demeanor that we look for. A skill set that also translates well to special teams, which is going to be important especially in the early part of his development."
The two-time first-team All-Sun Belt performer will have to beat out a few veterans for reps, but his man-coverage and ball skills should fit favorably in the Bears' defensive scheme.
While most of the post-draft attention has been paid to another Bears rookie cornerback, second-round pick Jaylon Johnson, Vildor has a chance to earn significant playing time as a rookie. Only Kyle Fuller is assured a starting job at this point, and while Vildor faces an uphill battle to unseat Buster Skrine for reps, there's no reason to bet against him. Pace has always been a proponent of competition breeding the best results and if Vildor rises to the occasion, the Bears will waste little time inserting him into the lineup.
Vildor ended his college career with 94 tackles, nine interceptions and 25 passes defended.
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Good news, Madden fans: you can officially continue spending $80 to complain about how the game hasn't been good in years.
According to Darren Rovell, the NFL and EA Sports have agreed to a 5-year extension:
Rovell says his sources have told him that, 'the deal is worth at least $1 billion to the NFL and $500 million to the players. The deal also includes at least $500 million in marketing commitments over the years.'
Congrats to everyone involved! Now more than ever, football fans need some good news. There's no tradition as timeless as throwing controllers through TVs and against walls when your friend runs four verticals with a Y skinny post over and over and over again. Madden exists solely to allow people cover to yell at the TV without the presence of, like, a real reason. What would we do without it?